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Instant Pot Acorn Squash

Love the idea of adding more veggies like squash to your diet but think it’s too much work? Not when you use your Instant Pot! This Acorn Squash cooks up perfectly under pressure in only 5 minutes! Add your own favorite toppings!
 
acorn squash halves on a white plate

Highlights

  • Have you tried acorn squash? It’s a delicious winter squash packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals.
  • Acorn squash is pretty mild in flavor with a bit of a buttery sweet taste. If you or your family have a hard time eating other types of squash, chances are you’ll like this one.
  • Because it is so mild, you can pair it with a wide range of things. From a simple pat of butter and salt to stuffing with sausage and cranberries, acorn squash is super versatile and super easy to make in the instant pot.

whole acorn squash

Ingredient Notes

  • An acorn squash will be mostly dark green with a bit of orange coloring
  • Look for a squash that is firm with no soft spots
  • Also look for one that is dull in appearance

acorn squash cut in half

Preparation Notes

  • Acorn squash is easy to prepare as long as you have a well sharpened knife.  
  • Carefully cut the squash in half from stem to tip
  • Scoop out all strings and seeds and it’s ready to cook

acorn squash halves in instant pot

Equipment Notes

acorn squash halves in instant pot, cooked

Recipe Notes

  • You’ll need at least 1 cup of water for the Instant Pot to come to pressure and cook properly
  • It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure
  • Once it’s done cooking, let it sit for 5 minutes then release the remaining pressure

How To Store Leftovers

  • Let cool completely then store wrapped tightly in fridge up to 3 days 
  • Cut cooked squash into cubes and freeze for 2 hours in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to baggie and freezer for up to 3 months

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  • Stuff with some tasty taco meat or serve alongside a tasty grilled steak!

acorn squash halves on a white plate

acorn squash halves on a white plate

Instant Pot Acorn Squash

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Love the idea of adding more veggies like squash to your diet but think it’s too much work? Not when you use your Instant Pot! This Acorn Squash cooks up perfectly under pressure in only 5 minutes! Add your own favorite toppings!
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Pressurize:15 mins
Total Time:25 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Cut squash in half and remove all seeds
  • Add water to instant Pot and add trivet
  • Place squash cut side up on trivet
  • Add lid, seal and set to high pressure for 5 minutes
  • Once cooking time has completed, turn valve carefully to release remaining pressure

Notes

  • You’ll need at least 1 cup of water for the Instant Pot to come to pressure and cook properly, approx. 10 min.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes, release remaining pressure
  • Let cool completely, store wrapped tightly in fridge up to 3 days 
  • Cut cooked squash into cubes and freeze for 2 hours in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to baggie and freezer for up to 3 months

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 791IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 86kcal

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